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NEWS - Myanmar Jails Foreigner for
Myanmar Jails Foreigner for Illegal Entry
YANGON, May 15 (Reuters) - A foreigner accused by the Myanmar
being a mercenary working for dissident groups was sentenced to
in jail on Friday and fined for entering the country illegally.
James Rupert Russell Mawdsley, 24, who holds British and
passports, showed no emotion and remained calm as the district
Than Htwe delivered his judgement.
``If he does not want to pay the fine, he will be sentenced to
one year and three months in jail,'' the judge said.
The fine imposed was 50,000 kyats ($8,300). Mawdsley can appeal
sentence within 90 days under prevailing laws, but it was not
known if he would do so.
Also present at the court were British and Australian embassy
whom Mawdsley was allowed to speak after the sentencing. He was
taken back to prison.
Mawdsley, entered Myanmar from Mae Sot in western Thailand
illegal jungle route and was arrested in Mawlamyine on April
He had been arrested by the Myanmar military authorities last
chaining himself to a fence in central Yangon and shouting
slogans. He was subsequently deported.
State controlled media have accused him of being a foreign
working for dissident groups opposed to the ruling junta.